CLAIRMONT, A.B. – The Fort St. John Huskies managed to add four points in the NWJHL standings race, although two of those were earned by default.
On Saturday night, the Huskies were supposed to play the Beaverlodge Blades on the road, but the league announced that the team had folded, giving the Huskies a default 1-0 win.
On Sunday afternoon, the Huskies were back on the road for a game against the Grande Prairie County JDA Kings. The Huskies and Kings would score back-to-back goals just fourteen seconds apart in the opening minutes of the matinee. Gary Loewen blasted a shot past Kings netminder Liam Murphy on the powerplay 2:32 in assisted by Matthew Apsassin and Jacob Lang. Grande Prairie responded to keep the game tied, before adding a go-ahead goal near the halfway mark of the first. Despite this setback, the Huskies would answer back in the final few minutes of the frame. Thomas Webster tied the game at two apiece assisted by Loewen and Jarod Lang.
The Pups took a 4-2 close to the midway mark of the second period courtesy of a pair of power play goals. Webster scored his second of the game assisted by Brandon Howard and Jared Loewen. Forty-five seconds later, Jacob Lang added another assisted by his brother Jarod, and Jared Loewen. Grande Prairie would close the gap with 34 shots on Jonathan Bateman in the frame, two of which shuck past Bateman to tie the game 4-all.
In the third period, the Huskies stayed disciplined, and Webster’s hard work payed off as he scored a hat-trick goal assisted by Jacob Lang and Aiden Tegart to give the Pups a 5-4 win.
The Huskies are back in action this coming weekend, as they hit the road for two last games of 2016 in Peace River against the North Peace Navigators.